Command Master Chief
CMDCM Ryan K. King
Command Master Chief Ryan King is a native of Toledo, Ohio and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December 2003. Upon completion of initial training, King attended and completed operations specialist (OS) ‘A’ school in Dam Neck, Virginia. During his time as an OS, he served onboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) where he qualified as a combat information center (CIC) watch supervisor, CIC watch officer, air intercept controller, as well as holding multiple warfare coordinator positions, which supported the ballistic missile defense of the Korean Peninsula. In 2009, King transferred to USS Mustin (DDG 89) where he was selected to the rank of chief petty officer, serving as OI Division leading chief petty officer. During his tour, USS Mustin executed multiple humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions to include Operation Tomodachi.
In 2012, King completed his next tour of duty across multiple Navy forward-operating task forces within the Arabian Gulf directing over 30 Army, Navy and Coast Guard units in the validation force interoperability against multi-axis threats, while executing daily counter-narcotic, anti-piracy and life-saving operations.
In 2015, King was selected for his shore-tour aboard the prestigious U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard, where he was selected to command senior chief and eventually command master chief. Additional command master chief tours include USS Wichita (LCS 13), USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) and is currently serving as the command master chief at VP 45.
King is a qualified enlisted surface warfare specialist and his personal awards include: Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (Two Gold Stars), Navy Marine Corp Achievement Medal (Silver Star), Joint Service, Korean Service, Navy Unit Commendation, and multiple other service or campaign awards.